Art enthusiasts should not miss the Chagall exhibition in Milan, held in the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and which ends on February 1 2015. I was there on Sunday morning, but I'll suggest to book the ticket (euro 12) or to visit it on evening times, in order to avoid long and tiring queues.
The retrospective narrates the most significant phases in Chagall's life, from the period of his childhood in Russia, to the splendour of Paris. There are over two hundred and twenty paintings gathered for the event, so you will need just a couple of hours to enjoy the fairy and mystical themes characterising each canvas. Chagall, like a poet, was able to tell us about his Jewish origins and culture (he was born in a Jewish village in the former Russia in 1887; on the day of his birth, the Russian destroyed the town's Synagogue), as well as religious topics and traditions.
Here you can also understand how much he was influenced by the avant-gardes of cubism and fauvism. I am fond of his techniques because he can spread joy, hope, happiness and a dreamy feeling to the viewer; he enhanced that by using bright and lively colours.
Chagall picked lots of inspiration from the world of fantasy and childhood fairy tales and he expressed all of them with simple structures and shapes, favouring the colour most, letting it become free and independent from the schemes. As I mentioned before, this exhibition is very well curated, but during the weekend it gets too much crowded and packed. Try to be there during working days, maybe in your lunch-break.
If you are stuck in the queue and you can't stay for long, you can also walk around Piazza Duomo and discover other attractions such as The Duomo itself, or The Museo of Novecento, as well as the most popular bakeries, ice-cream parlours and restaurants in the area. A few steps aback the Piazza, you can reach the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest Milan's shopping mall.